Back on Wednesday, 21 December, we met up with another 25 folks or so on 20 different motorcycles for the annual Christmas Lights ride in and around Woodstock, Cobb and Paulding Counties northwest of Atlanta, Georgia.
We gathered at a friend’s home on Lake Acworth in Woodstock, Georgia, between 6:30pm and 7:00pm before heading off on what ended up being about a 2 hour-long, 50 mile ride with five stops before ending at Guston’s Grille in Acworth, Georgia for a late dinner.
This has been one of many annual events held by the group of friends we first met down in Panama City Beach, Florida, during fall bike week 2013. We’ve joined them for two of these rides in the past along with their Christmas visit to Wellstar’s Atherton Place, an independent, personal care & memory care community for seniors. Sadly, Miss Debbie was otherwise occupied with getting ready for the holidays and attending to her mother so I had to go it alone. While I love being with our friends, I especially like being with our friends when Miss Debbie is at my side.
The route had been provided in advance, but I don’t think I fully grasped how far south we’d be going. It wasn’t all that cold out, but I opted to wear my heated jacket and gloves just so I’d be warm and cozy as the sun went down and the temps began to drop. It definitely made the final ride home from Guston’s Grille at 10:00pm a far more comfortable ride than it would have been without the heated gear.
In terms of the quality of the lights displays, they all were pretty impressive and all of them were integrated with music being broadcast by local radio stations. Here are some photos from the various places we stopped, noting that our 3rd stop way out in Dallas, Georgia, became a drive-by as the display was in a gridlocked cul-de-sac. Thankfully, the neighbors who were out directing traffic in that neighborhood took pity on our huddled mass of 20 motorcycles and ushered us around the traffic and through the cul-de-sac so we could continue on our way. The last stop — which was also one of the most amazing private displays we’ve ever seen — was also a drive by as it was getting late and most of us had not yet eaten dinner.
All-in-all, a great night out with friends.